Gaining experience in a clinical setting with mentorship is paramount to a Herbal Medicine Clinical Student in training.

Hours and hours are spent by Herbalists in training learning about therapeutics, materia medica, pharmacy, and so much more, this theory so essential to the volumes of knowledge needed to sit with clients and be of service as complementary, holistic health care providers.

Theoretical learning is the basis for what becomes experiential activity. The next step naturally leading to working with people and herbal medicine together, within a professional setting.

Being guided and encouraged by qualified and experienced clinicians brings a solid backbone of practicum mentorship that creates a holistic and well rounded Herbal Medicine Clinician.

It is recommended by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations that the student clinician gain a total of 500 hours of supervised clinical training in addition to 2000 hours of herbal medicine based education experiences. Once met, the student then can register with a provincial association as a Registered Herbal Therapist.

The Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Observation Program is a unique experiential program offering supervised clinical hours for the Student Clinician in training.

Offered once every 2 years this program is instructed and facilitated by Colleen Emery, Cl.H, RHT (BCHA), bringing over 20 years of clinical experience in client centred care models.



This program has a maximum registration of 10 students with 5 seats available onsite.

All classes will be live-streamed and will be interactive with a moderator. Some of the video content will be filmed through a zoom format. A video recording of the class will be provided within 48 hours of the class.


  • All existing prerequisites to the Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program.
  • Successful completion of the HHA Clinical Program Formulations Homework and Quiz Requirements
  • Completion of all associated waivers and confidentiality agreements on file. (will be provided upon being accepted into program).
  • Other Clinical Training experiences may be considered.

Program Dates 

Class will meet on scheduled Mondays from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST.

2024 Program Dates:

  • January 15, 22, 29
  • February 12, 26
  • March 11, 18, 25
  • April 8, 15, 22
  • May 6, 13

Certificate of Completion & Recognition

Students will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion for their portfolio of herbal education upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements.

The program meets a total of 13 classes in the live class plus an estimated 5 hours per week of home study requirements.

Hour Tally for the Program: 160 hours

  • A combined total of 110 hours of supervised clinical practice where 58 hours are observation based and 52 hours are primary practitioner hours.
  • Total of 50 hours of therapeutic study and formulation.

Registration Details

Registration for the program will open on October 1, 2023.

Priority seating offered to those who have completed the HHA Clinical Program prerequisites.

Program fee is $1850 plus GST. Payments plans are available and details can be accessed by emailing learn@emeryherbals.com

Follow this link to the sign up page.